There's been a lot of buzz in the past few years about intermittent fasting and how effective it can be for weight loss, as well as for overall health. In social and regular media, we've heard ringing endorsements from Gisele Bündchen, Jennifer Aniston, Kourtney Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson and Reese Witherspoon, to name just a few celebrities who've made their support public.

In this nontraditional diet, instead of eliminating food groups or restricting calories, the goal is to eat exclusively within designated windows of time. Basically, it takes the traditional idea of having three meals a day and throws it into the trash.

You'll cut down on snacks

According to registered dietitian nutritionist Lauryn White, "Intermittent fasting can be a great tool for individuals looking to lose weight without having to track meals as closely. It gives people more freedom to not focus on counting every calorie and pay more attention to eating windows."

She has seen clients drastically cut down on snacking when following a 16/8 schedule, which translates to a 16-hour fast with an 8-hour eating window.

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